Santa vs. Father Frost

It might come as a surprise, but people in Russia do not celebrate Christmas on the 25th. Why? Partially, because of the Orthodox Church that sticks Christ’s birth to the 7th of January, according to the older (Julian) calendar. Partially, because of the Communists. Back in the days religion was prohibited, and people could hardly … Continue reading

In the Mood for Chocolate

Chocolate Festival at South Bank, London (08-10.12.2012) There is a growing tendency to organise different kinds of selling activities, such as fairs and open-air markets and call it a festival. Perhaps, because it sounds better, is associated with fun, and doesn’t directly refer to spending money. Particularly, when the advertising boldly claims “Free admission”. In reality, beyond … Continue reading

Delivery From Hell: Shipping – Screw 3

Does shopping online make your life more comfortable? That is a strange question, you might think. Why wouldn’t it? Its benefits are beyond doubts. Any important purchase, or grocery shopping can be performed with a single move of the finger, sitting in your pyjamas away from crowded shopping malls. However, very often something that was supposed to make our life … Continue reading

5 Ways How to Save Money on Christmas

The most important celebration of the year is coming, and each of us is asking himself a question: How to avoid excessive spendings? When it comes to buying presents, it suddenly appears that we have so many friends and family members, that we are close to going bankrupt. What about all these Secret Santa events … Continue reading

Ever Give Me Nots – 7 Worst Presents for Xmas

bad presents

We rarely have a clear idea in mind on what to buy for our beloved ones. Very often our expectations on what they might want have absolutely no connection with the reality. Busy people, and “last-moment-Santas” behold the all-mighty list of things one should never give out for Christmas, unless he deliberately wants to create … Continue reading

Smells That Evoke Feelings

Mandarines

Оn the threshold of Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, I have decided to raise this amusing topic, and collect your opinions on what are the most eloquent smells in the world. I am not talking about unpleasant smells, that are already obvious enough and don’t deserve my precious attention, but of exquisite scents, that … Continue reading

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